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So… want to be a model but a little confused about the different types of modeling to choose from, not sure about the type of modeling suits you better and what category brings the most revenue?
Below tips will help you understand the different categories of modeling.


Runway modeling comes to everyone’s mind when you term modeling is mentioned. This is the most sought after category in modeling world. That’s because this is one of the highest paid category in the modeling business. But only 5% of the models get continues work assignment as a runway model due to the high standards a designer look while selecting a runway model.


Usually runway models are young under the age of 20 with a height of atleast five feet and nine inches to five feet eleven inches. This doesn’t mean that taller models are not considered, but the majority of models are in the above mentioned range. The models should be slim upto 130 pounds but again there are exception. Dress size ranges from six to eight.

Models with prominent cheek bones and proportional neck with well defined jaws are majority of the runway models. Some designer will have different tastes, but most of them stick to the defined formula mentioned here.

In the east coast new York fashion week is one of the premier event for runway model and in DC its DC fashion week.



Models appearing on fashion magazines and other famous magazines are editorial models. These models are also one of the highest paid categories in modeling industry. Target audiences for these models are the readers of that particular magazine, so the standard depends upon the type of magazine involved. Mind you, the models in the advertisement section of a magazine are not editorial.

This category purely depends upon your social network and personality of the model, most of the work are from repeating customers, so it will help the model to build a relationship with the client.

Experience play a major role in the payment structure so don’t worry if you start out low in the category, when you have a full profile you will start earning more.




This is pretty straight forward as the name implies.  Height is not really a criterion for this modeling. Usually clothing stores with a petite division are the main clients for these type of modeling. There are lot of opportunities in this section but the remuneration is not very high. You are looking at quantity over quality in this section.


Again as name implies this category is for models who are extremely fit and athletic. Clients are looking to sell their health related products like weight loss programs, aerobic machines, sports wears and gym equipments.

Remuneration is average compared to runway and editorial but there are many opportunities and competition is not very high in this type of modeling. Modeling in this category is not easy because there are lots of physical activities involved and shoots are usually very long and exhaustive.

The down side is maintaining a well toned body takes a lot of energy and time for any model, so be aware that work out will be a necessary part to this type of modeling.

Swim Suit

As name implies this is straight forward. Model should be tall, slender and have a chiseled body to be considered in this category. If you are Caucasian, a tanned body is an absolute must for swim suit modeling.

There are high demands for swim suit models; it will always be a good idea to include couple of swim suit photographs in the portfolio. Compensation is usually average but there are many opportunities.

Companies who are not in the swim suit categories also hires swim suit models, so you have a wide horizon of opportunities.

Body Parts

Companies which sells jewelry, watches, shoes, cosmetics, make-up etc look for models with   exemplary body part pertaining to their product. For example a jeweler loves a model with a beautiful neck or hand or feet. A hair product company loves a person with splendid hair. A model with beautiful eyes could be modeling for the new mascara a cosmetic company has launched.


Local boutiques and fashion designers look for models to showcase their product for creating an ad or to show some potential clients. The requirements will vary depends upon the competition and the location of your geography. This is not a highly paid category but there are many opportunities depend upon the city you live.

Promotional or Trade Show

You might have seen models in a car show or in a bar marketing a new brand of liquor. This category of modeling is promotional modeling, this might pay you well but the stream of opportunities will be rare. Also this usually happens in the evening and nights and go till the wee hours of next morning, be aware the timings.

Implied Nude

Models may or may not be wearing any clothes, but the pictures implies that models are nude. Some magazines use this type of pictures.


As name implies a lingerie model try to sell lingerie’s to the respective customers. Most of the lingerie shoots have an erotic underlining so some of the body parts will be visible. Compensation is good in the category.

Semi nude and artistic nude

Some body parts are visible and some are not. You could be wearing an underwear with face and breasts are visible. There are many opportunities for this type of modeling and please participate in this depending on your comfort level. Model will be seated or standing in an interesting pose, sometimes with decoration or unusual make up.

Erotic nude and Figure nude

Figure nude is not meant to arose any erotic feeling in the viewer but the lien dividing these two categories are very thin. But the model usually wont wear any clothes in this type of modeling.

Plus size and mature

As name implies there are opportunities for plus size and mature modeling. Companies who sells clothes, medical companies, big conglomerates like insurance companies, apparel companies, agriculture product companies whose primary customers are mature looks for mature male models.  

All types of modeling described above pertains to male models as well. But for a runway model the height is usually five eleven to six two with suit size of forty. Age varies from 18-29 years.

Commercial or Casual

There is no set of requirements in this category, depends upon what the client is looking for is the requirement. Experience is something clients look for when they search for a model.


A model without a portfolio is like a marine without his ammunition. There is no point in carrying a gun if you cant use it when its needed.

 So many studies conclude that its hard for humans to change their first impression. You might have heard the phrase there is no second chance for first impression, but luckily there is a golden opportunity to make a fantastic first impression as a model, that is an amazing portfolio. A portfolio is the first thing a client or a photographer check before even they want to see the model in person.

So what makes a good portfolio for a model?

That depends. I hope that you have already decided what type of modeling career you want to pursue at this time. If not read Different Type of Modeling article and come back to this article for a better understanding.

If you are a beginner you should have atleast eight to a dozen photographs in your portfolio. All these should be professionally taken photographs. But sometimes you might not have any professionally taken pictures of you, in that case your whole effort should be to find a photographer or a modeling agency and get some portfolio pictures ready.

Get feedback from your friends and dear one after you have some pictures. This is easy, post them on social media websites or sites like and get the best picture out of the collection you have.

Try to understand photography  a little. Read some articles about what makes a good photograph and select your pictures based on the photography rules. This is important because the people looking at your photo are not layman, they understand the rules of photography. A perfect photo means you are working with a professional photographer who knows what he is doing.

Quality of the photo is extremely important. Quality is equated to professionalism and quality pictures means you are serious about this profession.

Even though you aim for eight photographs in the beginning to complete a portfolio, its better to send less than eight photos if you cant meet the standards of the industry. Just one substandard photo will ruin your chance with a client.


Tyra Banks, one of the top models in the country may be able to make you grace the cover of some of the top magazines or make it possible to strut on the runway of the exclusive high fashion world. Here are some of the tips from the famous Tyra Banks.


How To Be a Model

Model Don’ts (and a Do)

  • Understand the importance of your neck in a photograph, try to elongate and give definition to you face and cheek bones.
  • Put some energy into your pose, don’t pose like an old person, stretch your spine and don’t slouch.  
  • Tension in your body is good for poses, always have tension in your pose, from head to toe.
  • Move your body when a photographer is shooting but move slightly and try to be creative. If you are not creative, practice in front of a mirror and know what angle is good for you.
  • Cleanliness is very important for a good photo. Make sure you are clean and tidy before a photoshoot.
  • Sleep well before the shoot, this will make you look and feel refreshed.
  • Don’t get disturbed or distracted if a stylist or make up artist is not upto the mark and don’t let it spoil the shoot.
  • Eyes are the most important weapon you have to communicate the feeling, so try to be intense with your eyes instead of glazing over.
  • While on runway, walk straight with your spine straight and head held high.
  • A good personality is a must for a good model, talk to people in the set, make friends.
  • Good music in the background while shooting will boost your morale and mood.


Modeling: Breaking Into the Biz

  • Have a mentor in the industry, in this age of video and internet, it’s so easy to find a super  model you can emulate and study . Notice their cat walk, her make up, the way she dresses and walks, way they turn, how she holds her head, her hands etc.
  • Take some good photos of you, preferably a beauty shot from the neck and keep it with you all the time. You can give this to new people you meet in the industry.
  • A model should know the industry terms, new fashion, how camera angles works and the effect of lighting on photos.
  • While going for a casting, use as little make up as possible to show your natural look.
  • Practice your walk in heels and carry them with you all the time. By the way, if you are a model, what are you doing in flats?
  • Keep your time.
  • Be honest about your experience, an experienced photographer can easily pick up your history in just couple of shots.
  • Keep your nails clear or may be glossy. Avoid nail polish.
  • Your face should be visible, it’s will be a good idea to go castings with a pony tail.
  • Learn to stand upright with straight back and firm shoulders.
  • No one’s body is perfect, even every super-model has flaws, don’t be afraid of them, but try to hide them in your pictures. For example, small calves can be hidden by wearing heels. A big forehead can be hidden by lifting the chin up a little.
  • A small waist can be accentuated by putting your hands on the hips which will make your waist leaner.

Small bust size can be accentuated by leaning a little forward showing the chest a little.


A model who knows her strength is the model you see on magazine covers and campaign ads. But the best pictures and poses you see is not an accident, there are lot of hard work and practice behind them. Some of the tips I’m going to share here may not be applicable to every reader, but take as much as you can and try to apply it in your portfolio.

First of all, mirror is your best friend. First study your body and face from different angles and figure out which angle you look the best. For example, check your face from both sides, top, bottom and from different distance. If you have a fair idea of how you look from different angles, you can make suggestions to photographers when they try different angles. This will save a lot of time and make every shoot more efficient.   Remember, which ever object is closest to the camera that appears to be big in the picture.

Space between arms and the body for a side shot. The second picture makes the model more lean; because her arms is more vertical to the camera than the first picture. It’s the same model, but she looks drastically different in the second picture with creating a little space between her body and arm.


 Same technique is used for a front shot as well, it’s the same model, but the second picture makes the model lean with a simple arms extension.



The effect of shadows on photos – Understand how light works on pictures. Usually there will be two lights in any photo shoots, some might have more lights, but two lights are minimum. The brightest light is called the key light. In the below picture, the model has her arm towards key light which cast a shadow on her face, which is never good for a photo. So look for your key light and make sure that your face has no barrier between key light.
In the second picture, the model moves her hand a little bit away from her face and the difference is majestic. The second picture is far better than the first one.

Sticking to the pose – A model should be able to stick to a pose without moving. A slight change in the pose may change the photographs completely.

Prominence of eyes in photographs – This can only be rectified by practicing in the mirror. Your eyes should not break your cheek, which means, there should be a connection of skin between the eye and the cheek. If the face is too close to the camera, there will be a large line of skin between your eye and cheek and if you turn away too much there wont be a line between your eye and cheek. The model needs to be aware of the exact angle the line is thin but visible.



Use your neck to attain elegance.

In this picture the model has elongated her neck and see the difference for yourself. Also note that the jaw is little bit protruding in the second pose, which gives definition to the face. The pose is unnatural when you do it, but the effect in the picture is unbelievable.


In this pose model is faking her curves by sliding her waist to the right. This technique will give you more curve and definition to your body and looks more feminine in pictures.



This pose is about hands – Your middle finger creates an odd appearance in the picture if its protruding above other fingers. If the middle finger is slightly bend, it creates a fluid appearance in the photographs. Relax your hands and curve the hand a little bit towards your body and make sure that your middle finger is slightly pointing inward to create this illusion.




Tossing the dress in the air gives a unique look for the photographs.
Imagine the below photo without the dress flying in the air, so play with your dress and make some designs in the air. It will give a sensational illusion in the pictures.



English break fast is my favorite. I eat a lot of eggs, toast and vegetable juice.


I use Sisley Radiant Glow Express Mask  twice a week.


Eye liner is something I cant live without, I use it to give definition and catch to my eyes. And for moisture and glow for my skin, I use a blueberry fluid base fresh glow .


I work out daily and have a trainer to guide me and avoid any mishaps in the gym. It keeps me alive and healthy and maintain my body.

Going out with my best friend who also happens to by my son. Playing with him, watching movies and dancing.